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Specialty plate would honor National Civil Rights Museum

(WMC-TV) - Tennessee motorists may soon have the opportunity to display their support of The National Civil Rights Museum and the civil rights movement when renewing their vehicle registration.

The State of Tennessee offers more than 90 specialty license plates for Tennessee motorists.  The National Civil Rights Museum wants drivers to have opportunity to display their support for a movement that changed history.

"It lets people know that what we do is still relevant and for future generations to honor the sacrifices made during the civil rights movement," said National Civil Rights Museum Communications Director Connie Dyson.

A bill proposed by Tennessee Rep. G.A. Hardaway will allow motorists to cast their vote for the new license plate by pre-ordering.

"At least 1,000 people have to pre-order by sending a check for $35 to the museum by June 30," said Dyson.

Dyson said the image that will appear on the plate is still being considered.

"We will submit some artwork to the state and then they will approve," said Dyson.  "Whether it be something symbolic of the museum overall, our logo, or it could be the Lorraine Motel marquee, but that's up for approval."

With only about four months to get the 1,000 orders by the June deadline, the museum is campaigning on their website.

"There's information there about how to submit your reservation," said Dyson.

With museum visitors and supporters nationwide, Dyson said she is hopeful the new plate will soon be a reality.

For more information about the speciality license plate, click here.

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